Souvenir book commemorating Tuckwell's tenure as conductor of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, 1982-1998.
Barry Tuckwell's multi-faceted career in music spans more than sixty years. During this time he has performed throughout the world as soloist, chamber musician and conductor; he is also a highly regarded teacher. Born in Melbourne in 1931, he joined the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at 15 and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra a year later before leaving for England at 19. After playing with the Hallé, Scottish National and Bournemouth Symphony orchestras, Tuckwell was appointed as Principal Horn with the London Symphony Orchestra. During his thirteen years with the orchestra, he was elected to the Board of Directors and was Chairman of the Board for six years.
Resigning from the LSO in 1968 to pursue a career as soloist and conductor, Tuckwell was chief conductor of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for four years, and founding Conductor and Music Director of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra for sixteen. He has made over fifty commercial recordings as a horn soloist and conductor and has received three Grammy Nominations. He continues to have an active career throughout the world, guest conducting and broadcasting, as well as giving lectures and master classes.
Tuckwell currently holds the position of Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Honorary Patron of the Melbourne International Festival of Brass. Among the many awards he has received are the Companion of the Order of Australia, Officer of the Order of the British Empire, Honorary Doctor of Music from the University of Sydney, Fellow of the Royal College of Music, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America and the Andrew White Medal from Loyola College. He is also an honorary member of both the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music in London.